Welcome to the Business Studies Department!

Our vision is to inspire, challenge and engage our students in achieving aspirational outcomes where students exceed their potential. The Business Department endeavours to be an Outstanding area of the Academy and a unique feature of the local community.

We are delighted to announce that the Business Department achieved our best results to date, with all courses scoring significantly above National Averages and positive residuals. This has come from the continuous drive and determination of both our students and the staff in the subject area. Thank you to both the students and staff for their hard work.


Miss Pettit (Head of Technology Faculty: DT, IT, Business Studies) –

Mr Kerr (Teacher of Business) –

What is Business Studies?

Business is a practical and work related course. It will equip and provide opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life and further education.

Business Studies may be a completely new subject to students, however we will be studying companies that you are familiar with, such as; Superdry, Apple, Cadbury, McDonalds, John Lewis and local firms such as Shakes to Go, Cheltenham Town FC and Paul Wanford Personal Training. You will be surprised how much business knowledge you already have!

2017 Department Results

Year 11 GCSE Year 12 Btec Level 3 Year 13 Btec Level 3 Year 12 OCR

Year 13



A* - C


Dist* - Pass


Dist* - Pass


A* - E


A* - E


A* - B


Dist* - Merit


Dist* - Merit


B grade


A* - B 


A* - A




Dist* - Dist


C grade


A* - C grade


The Business Studies Department offer a wide variety of Business courses to cater for ALL our student needs. To support students studying Business (Year 9 – 13), there will be a range of guest speakers and visits to local, national and international firms to help inspire students and give a context to their learning. 


Year 9, 10 and 11 Vocational pathway

OCR L2 Cambridge Technical in Business, Enterprise & Marketing (1 X GCSE)

-        66% Coursework

-        33% Exam

In Year 9, all Business students will begin in Term 1 by taking part in a Business Enterprise project where students in teams learn how to develop their own product and brand, whilst finishing with a Dragon’s Den style pitch.

From Term 2 and until the end of Year 9 students will have studied; Unit 1 – Introduction to Business and Enterprise; Ownership, types of contracts, skills, types of customers, researched a variety of entrepreneurs, their characteristics and how they have become successful and explore three potential business ideas.

In Year 10 and 11, students will study Unit 3 Finance for Business and Enterprise; which includes, costs, revenues, cash flow, budgets, profit and loss and break even.  They will also complete Unit 2 in Marketing. In Unit 4 – Plan, develop and participate in a business or enterprise project - students are expected to research, setup and create their own business plan. The unit will conclude with a project plan and pitch to local Business managers.


Year 9, 10 and 11 GCSE pathway

GCSE WJEC Business Studies

-75% Exam

-25% Controlled Assessment

In Year 9, all Business students will begin in Term 1 by taking part in a Business Enterprise project where students in teams learn how to develop their own product and brand, whilst finishing with a Dragon’s Den style pitch. In Term 2 onwards students will study Unit 1 – The Business Framework, which involves understanding how businesses start and the functions of the entrepreneur. They will also study Unit 2 – Businesses and their Customers. This focuses on marketing and requires the students to demonstrate an understanding of the product life cycle and other strategies.

In Year 10 the students move on to study Unit 3 – Producing Goods and Services. This topic involves production, the importance of location and functional departments in a business. Unit 4 is about Human Resource Planning which focuses on the recruitment process and the importance of selecting the correct staff. Towards the end of Year 10, the students will start to focus and prepare for their controlled assessment.

Finally, in Term 1 of Year 11 the students will sit their Controlled Assessment. In Term 2 – 5 students will complete a unit on Finance before starting revision ready for the summer exam.


Sixth Form - Year 12 & 13

Students can select either a BTEC L3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business (vocational pathway) or OCR L3 Cambridge Technical in Business (academic pathway) in Sixth Form. The courses are equivalent to 1 A-level and gain UCAS points which are recognised by all Universities. The BTEC Level 3 is 100% coursework based when rather the OCR Cambridge Technical is 66% exam and 33% coursework. The courses have been designed specifically alongside Universities and the business sector to cater for both learners wishing to go to University and to equip students with the skills required for full time employment in the business industry.

BTEC L3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business

In Year 12 students will study; Departments, Sectors, Ownership, Communication, Finance and Accounting.

Whilst in Year 13 the students will study; Business Ethics, Starting your own Business and Marketing.

OCR L3 Cambridge Technical in Business

In Year 12 students will study for their exam; Types of businesses / aims / objectives, Functional areas, organisational structures, stakeholders, relationships, finance and business ethics. Students will carry out a project on Marketing.

In Year 13 students will study for their exam, protocols, management of staff, HR, factors impacting meetings, communication with stakeholders and business documentation

For the coursework students will study communication and running an event.



There will be a selection of trips available to students in Years 9 - 13. These opportunities will help to support and give a clear context to learning back in the classroom. The Business Studies Department are hoping to run the following trips;

  • Cadbury World – Year 9 Business
  • Jaguar - Year 10 / 11 Business
  • Capita - Gifted and Talented Trip
  • New York - Year 12 / 13 Business
  • We are open to all ideas, especially if any parents are willing to let us visit where they work.

Could you support our department?

If you could support or have any links with a business that might accommodate a group of students then please email



1)     Business Revision/catch up (in M106/M105)

Monday 3.10 – 4.10pm – Year 11 NCFE Business

Wednesday 3.10pm – 4.10pm – Year 11 GCSE Business

Thursday after school – Sixth Form catch up

2)     Young Enterprise (Sixth Form)

1.10 – 2.10pm Monday Lunch time (M1.06)

Young Enterprise is a Business Enrichment activity for Sixth Form students to have the opportunity to start up and create their own Business. Students work in teams and are supported by staff and business professionals from outside of school. Young Enterprise is a national competition where schools compete against one another. Our most recent team (Eminence) qualified to the final where they won Best Pitch in Gloucestershire. The business created educational resources for Primary Schools.


Future possibilities

Studying Business opens up a wealth of options which students have access too.


Options next
OCR L2/GCSE Business BTEC Business Level 3/ OCR L3 Cambridge Technical in Business
Students who have studied Business at OCR L2 / GCSE can move on to study Business at BTEC L3 or OCR Business at ASA Sixth Form

i. BTEC Higher Nationals in Business.

ii. University Business degrees

iii. University Business degrees combined with subjects such as, Law, Psychology, Media, Engineering, English, Math’s and Languages.

iv. Full time employment in business - The course will equip learners with the necessary skills to operate efficiently in the workplace. Such as; Marketing, Sales, Finance, Customer Service, HR, Production, Administration, Retail and practical skills based careers.

v. Apprenticeships / Employment / Business start up


How Parents/Carers can support the Business Department

Do you work for a business and would like to share your experiences with our students? Or offer us a guided tour of where you work? Or do you know someone who might be able to help?

If so, then we would love to hear from you. This could really spark an interest amongst our students and make a real difference that could lead them to becoming the next Lord Sugar or Richard Branson!


Please contact any of us on:

Miss Pettit on or 01242 711288

Mr Kerr on or 01242 711205